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Pennsylvania truck accident on I-81 kills woman

With commercial trucks weighing in at up to 80,000 pounds, it is no wonder that an accident with one can lead to a fatality on Pennsylvania roads. Recently, such an accident took the life of a 23-year-old Pennsylvania woman after she reportedly lost control of her vehicle on an interstate highway in West Hanover Township.

The woman was driving her car on I-81 when she hit a guard rail, according to reports. The young woman's car was then hit by a tractor-trailer, causing fatal injuries. According to police, the woman died at the scene of the tractor trailer accident. However, the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The truck accident occurred at about 2 a.m. The lanes running southbound were reportedly closed until 5:30 a.m.

Tractor-trailer accidents are often fatal because of the large size of the truck. They are often much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. Those who survive often have serious injuries, such as disabilities, head injuries, burns and internal injuries. Although truck accidents have decreased in recent years, they still resulted in more than 5,000 fatalities in 2001.

Negligence is the key factor that must be proven in a truck accident. Although there are truck accidents that are caused by truck drivers who fail to see the car in their blind spots, there are other factors that may be at play. These may include lack of driving experience, distractions, speeding, fatigue, drugs or alcohol, an overloaded rig or an unbalanced load.

Many times, the passenger vehicle can be at fault for failing to give the tractor-trailer enough room to maneuver. Because of their size, tractor-trailers need additional room for turning and braking. It is important that all drivers take extra precautions when driving their cars around tractor-trailers and other large vehicles.

Source:, "Woman killed in crash with tractor trailer on I-81 in West Hanover Township," Matthew Kemeny, Aug. 21, 2012

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